Of this kind (Northmen) were the peoples of the upper vales of Anduin: the Beornings, and the Woodmen of Western Mirkwood; and further north and east the Men of the Long Lake and of Dale.

The Return of the King, Appendix F

The Vales of Anduin are the vales surrounding the great river Anduin. They can be found between the Misty Mountains and the forest of Mirkwood and are inhabited by the generic animals and Gundabad Orcs. The vales are plains dotted with spruce, chestnut, larch, birch, and oak trees, and boulders of varying size are also scattered around the landscape. It is also a reasonably good place for a base on a multiplayer server due to its resources and lack of NPCs.

The Vales of Anduin are surrounding the "Great River", Anduin, which flows down from the Grey Mountains to the Mouths of Anduin, and to the Sea. The only crossings of it are at the Old Ford and the Ford of Carrock in the Vales, which are controlled by the Beornings, and at Cair Andros, Osgiliath, and Pelargir in the south, which are barely held by Gondor against the onslaught of Mordor.

In the future, Beornings and the Woodmen of Mirkwood may inhabit this land.

Upon entering this biome, the player earns the achievement "The Great River".

Sub-Biomes Edit

Anduin Hills Edit

The Anduin hills surround the normal Vales of Anduin. They are simply a more mountainous region of the main biome, and have slightly duller grass.

Field of Celebrant Edit

The Field of Celebrant was the site of a great battle, where the ancestors of the Rohirrim saved Gondor from a defeat. The biome has lighter grass, like Lothlórien, and has a vast amount of flowers. This part is guarded.

Biome Variants Edit

  • Flowers - A version of the biome with an abundance of flowers.
  • Forest - A more forested version of the biome.
  • Steppe - A very flat version of the biome.
  • Barren steppe - A steppe, but with no trees. Structures generate here very commonly.
  • Hills - A hillier version of the biome.
  • Mountain - A mountain that rises from the surrounding terrain.
  • Light forest - A lightly forested version of the biome.
  • Dense oak forest - A densely forested version of the biome with large oak trees and patches of podzol covering the forest floor.
  • Dead forest - A version of the biome forested with dead trees.
  • Dense birch forest - A forest of densely clustered birch trees.
  • Forest hills - A forested version of the hill variant.
  • Aspen forest - A forest dominated with aspen trees.
  • Birch forest - A forest dominated with birch trees.
  • Beech forest - A forest dominated with beech trees.
  • Larch forest - A forest dominated with larch trees.
  • Pine forest - A forest dominated with pine trees. In Anduin hills only.

Structures Edit

Vales of Anduin old

An old photograph of the vales of Anduin.

There are two structures that spawn in the vales, alongside abandoned structures, which spawn very common here:

Mobs Edit

Mobs that spawn here are the Orcs and Wargs of Gundabad and one may very rarely encounter wardens, who patrol these lands individually or in teams of up to three units.

Vegetation Edit

The Vales of Anduin consists mostly of plains with trees and boulders, but the woodlands contain spruce, birch, and oak trees. With the Beta 20.2, the vast plains have been broken up with clusters of randomly generated trees and boulders. This makes the land more interesting and produces a greater level of realism.

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Vales of Anduin

Biomes of the Lord of the Rings Mod
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AndrastAngleAngmarBarrow-downsBlackroot ValeBlue MountainsBree-landBrown Lands


ChetwoodColdfellsDagorladDaleDead MarshesDol GuldurDor-en-ErnilDorwinionDrúwaith IaurDunland


East BightEastern DesolationEmyn MuilEnedwaithEreborEregionEriadorEryn CaranEryn VornEttenmoorsFangornFar Harad (Bushland, Jungle, Mangrove, Savannah, Swampland, Volcano) • Field of CelebrantForodwaithGladden FieldsGondorGorgorothGrey MountainsHarad MountainsHarondor


Iron HillsIslandIthilienLamedonLebenninLindonLone-landsLong MarshesLossarnachLothlórien


MeneltarmaMidgewaterMinhiriathMirkwood (Northern) • Misty MountainsMordorMordor MountainsMorgulduinMorgul ValeMouths of AnduinMouths of EntwashNan CurunírNan UngolNear Harad (Fertile) • NindalfNorthern ForestNorthlandsNúrnOld ForestOrocarniPelargirPelennor FieldsPertorogwaithPinnath Gelin


RhúdelRhûnRivendellRocky CoastlineRohanSea of NúrnenSwanfleetThe SeaThe ShireTolfalasTrollshaws


UdûnUruk HighlandsUmbarUtumnoVales of AnduinWeather HillsWhite DownsWhite MountainsWilderlandWoodland Realm

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AngleAngmarBarrow-downsBlue MountainsBree-landChetwoodColdfellsDunlandEnedwaithEregionEriadorEryn VornEttenmoorsLindonLone-landsMidgewaterMinhiriathOld ForestRivendellSwanfleetThe ShireTrollshawsWeather HillsWhite Downs


Brown LandsDagorladDaleDead MarshesDol GuldurEast BightEmyn MuilEreborField of CelebrantGladden FieldsGrey MountainsIron HillsLong MarshesLothlórienMirkwood (Northern) • Misty MountainsVales of AnduinWilderlandWoodland Realm


AndrastBlackroot ValeDor-en-ErnilDrúwaith IaurFangornGondorHarondorIthilienLamedonLebenninLossarnachMouths of AnduinMouths of EntwashNan CurunírNindalfPelargirPelennor FieldsPinnath GelinRohanTolfalasWhite Mountains


Eastern DesolationGorgorothMordor (Biome)Mordor MountainsMorgulduinMorgul ValeNan UngolNúrnSea of NúrnenUdûn


Far Harad (Bushland, Jungle, Mangrove, Savannah, Swampland, Volcano) • Harad MountainsNear Harad (Fertile) • PertorogwaithUmbar


DorwinionEryn CaranOrocarniRhúdelRhûn


ForodwaithNorthlandsNorthern ForestUtumno


IslandMeneltarmaRocky CoastlineThe Sea


Biome variantsDesertsForestsIslandsMountainsSwamps